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the chamber of commerce awards, the engineering banquet awards and a lunar new year celebration. >> water issues were discussed at all of those. >> water issues were not discussed. they get good representation. >> meet director richard santos? he's not part of your district though? >> no. >> he's talking about a meeting with san jose city councilman pete constant. >> do you feel that you should have charged $300 to meet with them? >> it wasn't $300. >> $298.27. >> he stayed 30 minute t.cost taxpayers nearly 300 bucks. the thing is santos district doesn't include san jose. >> i think the board members work pretty hard. it's a challenging job. >> the water district ceo says it's important for directors to make a connection to the community by attending events because they are the ones who set policy. he also says everying the district does is transparent. >> i assume they are discussing district business and issues related to water. >> if the gist of the discussion is not at all about water issues, i would question why you would be in attendance. >> tonight at 11:00, we ask the directors ex
to attend the chamber of commerce awards, the san jose engineering banquet awards and the lunar new year luncheon we asked about earlier when he said no matter issues were discussed. do you feel like you should be charging taxpayers for that? >> if people ask me questions about water, i definitely aware that people ask me questions about water. >> reporter: should you charge for it if it's just a matter someone may ask a question? >> it's a judgment call. >> you are not necessarily pay to show up. you're paid to do your job. >> reporter: judy nadler heads up the ethics department at santa clara university. >> the presumption that when you go out in the public someone will, a, recognize that you're a water board member and, b, have a pressing issue that they want to discuss at a social event, i think it's actually unlikely. >> reporter: and it's not just events they charge for. the director racked up more than $14 last year in membership fees for rotary club and professional societies. >> for the past 12 months i stopped charging it. >> reporter: taxpayers are still picking up the tap for
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